In Outlander audiobook #1 starts when Claire Randall, a former battlefield medic, has recently returned from the war and is on her second honeymoon with her husband when she passes through a standing stone in one of the ancient rings that dot the British Isles. Suddenly, she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a war-torn Scotland with invading border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
“You’re mine, mo duinne,” he said softly, pressing himself into my depths. “Mine alone, now and forever. Mine, whether ye will it or no.”
Outlander audiobook #1 written by Diana Gabaldon is a fantasy history book
Outlander audiobook #1‘s plot: Claire, a World War II battle medic who walks into an ancient stone circle in Scotland’s Highlands and finds herself in the 18th century, is a nice contrast from the princess-type protagonist. Jamie Fraser, the Scot who eventually becomes her love, is both a lovely innocent and a fierce and passionate warrior. In later stories, I’ve grown to like their daughter and son-in-law. These books are massive works of historical fiction blended with fantasy, some extremely steamy erotica, and the odd horrible torture scene.
Jamie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp are the two main characters of Outlander audiobook #1. With 7 novels released (most averaging 1,000 pages) with an 8th book expected in 2014. It’s a commitment, to say the least, but it’s well worth it for Gabaldon’s clever and breathtaking love tale. The love affair between these two exquisitely written characters transcends both time and logic. Their devotion, respect, and soul-searching love was beautiful, if not awe-inspiring. Theirs is a long and beautiful historical journey together that has reached limits and boundaries of heartwarming depth and gut-wrenching tragedy. This ineffable narrative is supposed to be delivered via the words of Diana Gabaldon, the amazing novelist.
Claire is one of those stubborn personalities who, once she sets her mind and eyes on something, would do anything to achieve her goal. She is stubborn and insists on doing things her way. She is self-sufficient and does not require anyone. That was, until she met Jamie Fraser. He is gorgeous, youthful, and polite, and he is the only one of the clansmen who is a little more civilized and lettered. James Alexander is a fantastic character. He’s also the nephew of Colum and Dougal Mackenzie and a wanted man. He is protective of those he cares about. He’s tough and caustic, and he’s the only one who can deal with Claire. He’s also the one one she thinks she can talk to and trusts.
Claire’s time travel in Outlander audiobook #1 is produced by a magical-endued standing stone, not a natural “boulder,” and Jamie is not her illegal “lover,” but her lawfully-wed husband. True, the fact that she has another spouse in the twentieth century raises the issue of bigamy and creates intriguing time travel paradoxes; however I believe Gabaldon and her characters take the view that Claire’s future marriage will bind her only when she enters into it, not before. There are a few explicit sex scenes, but they are not gratuitous and take place within marriage, and the author’s handling of Christian religion is pleasant and respectful. Gabaldon is a great language stylist, and she also gets high grades for storyline and characterisation.
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